Banijay Rights has landed several deals for the new six-part limited series "SAS: Rogue Heroes," as this week’s London TV Screenings showcase event approaches. “As this week’s London TV Screenings event gets under way, it’s an absolute delight to be able to announce these huge global deals for Rogue Heroes,” Cathy Payne, CEO, Banijay Rights, said.
In deals negotiated across the Banijay Rights global sales team, "SAS: Rogue Heroes" has been acquired by HBO Max in Europe, Prime Video in Canada and SBS in Australia. The agreements follow premium network EPIX’s acquisition of the drama for the US in November last year, the first international deal for the series. Produced by Kudos and Nebulastar for the BBC and entitled SAS Rogue Heroes in the UK market, the series is a dramatized account of how the world’s greatest Special Forces unit, the SAS, was formed under extraordinary circumstances in the darkest days of World War Two. “From the get-go, Steven Knight and Kudos’ tour de force World War Two drama has created ripples of excitement from international buyers, and we are excited to expand this series’ global footprint even further,” Payne said.
Commissioned by the BBC, the title will debut on BBC One and BBC iPlayer in the UK. Connor Swindells will play David Stirling, with Jack O’Connell as Paddy Mayne, Alfie Allen as Jock Lewes, Tom Glynn-Carney as SAS Founding member Mike Sadler, and Sofia Boutella as Eve. Dominic West will play Lieutenant Colonel Wrangel Clarke. "Rogue Heroes" is developed for television and written by Steven Knight and will be directed by Tom Shankland, with Stephen Smallwood as producer. The series is executive produced by Karen Wilson, Martin Haines and Emma Kingsman-Lloyd for Kudos, and Tommy Bulfin for the BBC. “Steven has created a truly brilliant series, and we are thrilled that audiences around the globe will have the opportunity to watch what will be unmissable TV,” Martin Haines, Joint MD, Kudos, said.
Based on Ben Macintyre’s best-selling book, "Rogue Heroes" follows David Stirling, a young officer who is hospitalized after a training exercise gone wrong. Convinced that traditional commando units don’t work, Stirling creates a radical plan that flies in the face of all accepted rules of modern warfare. He fights for permission to recruit the toughest, boldest, and brightest soldiers for a small undercover unit that will create mayhem behind enemy lines.
Steven has created a truly brilliant series, and we are thrilled that audiences around the globe will have the opportunity to watch what will be unmissable TV.” Martin Haines Joint MD, Kudos